This movie is great. It is a masterpiece from someone who we wouldn't expect masterpieces from. Russ Meyers was the king of porn, and he decided to sign a deal with 20th century fox for a three picture deal (he only made two before returning to porn). The first was "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" which was intended to be a sequel to "Valley of the Dolls" which was also made by 20th century fox, about three 'clean-cut' girls who discover showbiz and become hooked on uper's and downer's (truly heart warming stuff!). After viewing this movie, i saw Russ Meyers movie "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", which is full of nudity, sex, and violence (not exactly "Beaches" material). So i saw this movie after "Valley of the Dolls" which i think is the best way to see it. It brings out more of the humour and subtle differences.
It is easy to see that the movie was based on Valley of the Dolls, but with a classic Russ Meyers touch, a pornographic-like story line. We've all seen them (any long-term Meyers fan has), and they always have a big breasted girl, and black girl and sometimes some lesbians. Well guess what! Dolls has a large breasted girl, a black girl and another girl who becomes... a lesbian.
This movie does contain lots of nudity and sex, but it's definitely not pornographic. Apart from the obvious differences, the dialogue in this movie is very cool, and the editing is superb! Imagine a cross between "Beaches", "Pulp Fiction" and any porno movie, and you've got this movie. The scenes are cut together extremely quickly, with no unnecessary pause between lines. Russ must have written a ton of dialogue for this movie because despite the quick-shot editing it goes for about two hours!
You wanna know how he did it? Well the writing credits for this movie include none other than the popular movie critic, Roger Ebert! He got together with Russ to write this movie because he had given favourable reviews for Meyer's earlier porn films. Since this movie, Ebert has co-written a couple of Meyers films, none of which i have seen.
This probably makes me out to be a porn freak, right? Wrong. This is the only Russ Meyers film that i have seen, and the only one i want to see, but this movie does have something that others don't. And if i told you, then everyone would know, and we couldn't have that could we? Everybody over sixteen and under twenty-five should see this movie.
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